CAMBRIDGE, Ohio â€“ Local officials, industry representatives, and community members from throughout eastern Ohio flocked to Guernsey County over the weekend for a fun and informational look at the flourishing oil and gas boom in the Utica Shale region.
On Friday night, scores of local leaders gathered at the Salt Fork Lodge to kick off the weekend. Members of the Cambridge Area Chamber of Commerce heard from U.S. Senator Rob Portman, who stressed the importance of the oil and gas influx to Ohioâ€™s recovering economy, through both direct and indirect job opportunities. Portman, who serves on the Senateâ€™s Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, called the boom in the industry â€śgood for America,â€ť adding that the resurging industry must approach the drilling and â€śfrackingâ€ť in a safe and responsible way.
Beginning at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, hundreds of people from Guernsey, Noble, Muskingum and other surrounding counties took part in the Shale-abration event at the Guernsey County Fairgrounds. Chamber of Commerce President Jo Sexton explained what Shale-abration was all about:
Representatives from major players in the oil and gas industry met with local residents to answer questions and dispel any rumors surrounding the controversial hydraulic fracturing process. Keith Fuller, from American Energy Partners, was one of many who spoke on all the benefits the oil and gas boom has to offer:
In addition to company representatives, members of the Ohio Oil & Gas Energy Education Program (OOGEEP), Energy in Depth Ohio, Ohio Oil & Gas Association and the Southeastern Ohio Oil & Gas Association offered a wide variety of information booths and activities for visitors young and old. OOGEEPâ€™s Mobile Energy Education Training Unit (MEET-U) gave an in-depth look at drilling technology, old and new:
Saturdayâ€™s Shale-abration was sponsored by EQT Corp., Eclipse Resources, Union of Operating Engineers International, American Energy Partners, OKKI Energy, Carrizo, Buckeye Water Service and Albertâ€™s Spray Solutions, along with many other local donors.
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